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Old 01-09-2008, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default Vintage Craftsman Speed Ratchet.....

What is the history of those Craftsman speeder ratchets than come and and go on ebay every once in a while?

Didi anyone else ever make something like that?

What did they go for new?
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:06 PM   #2
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Do you have a link so I can see what you're talking about?
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:14 PM   #3
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This one sold on ebay.....

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Old 01-09-2008, 12:26 PM   #4
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Intersesting!
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:36 PM   #5
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I have seen those thing's get very crazy on there.
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:52 PM   #6
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Holy crap I have 4 of those.
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:08 PM   #7
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Holy crap I have 4 of those.
Wow ... you're rich now ...
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:16 PM   #8
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Holy crap I have 4 of those.
Then it sounds like it is time to wittle that stable down to one!
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:23 PM   #9
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Then it sounds like it is time to wittle that stable down to one!
Just pulling your chain guys...sorry. I thought it might get a reaction out of ya.

I don't have any.

I do have a couple Craftsman speeders (non ratchet) though.
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:53 PM   #10
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What is the history of those Craftsman speeder ratchets than come and and go on ebay every once in a while?

Didi anyone else ever make something like that?

What did they go for new?


Here is a posting of the 1960 Craftsman Catalog, It states in the Catalog that it is a new tool. Oddly enough, there is no mention of it in the 1964 Catalog!



HERBRAND made one Similar to it.

ALLOY ARTIFACTS HERBRAND





HERE'S MINE! - Link to Thread







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Old 01-09-2008, 03:47 PM   #11
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I have tool envy! I have only seen one in person and that was about 25 years ago; I tried to buy the ratchet on the spot buy the guy wasn't selling. I have continued searching for one ever since. I hope to one day find one that does not cost stupid money to add to my little pile. I did snag the dogbone for a few bucks some years ago; I have never put it to use though. Funny thing about the dogbone is you could catalog order them till about 10-15 years ago.
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:27 PM   #12
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hey hholmberg ... what's a "dogbone" ?
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Tool #1 is commonly referred to as a Dog-Bone.



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Thank's BWP I was about to go insane trying to do that!
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:47 PM   #15
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The speed wrench is totally cool, but an obvious casualty of cheap air wrenches.

No homeowner needed one and a shop needed something easier and faster.

The bent speed handle was all I ever saw anyone using prior to air impact.
Still have one of those but except for getting oil started in a rebuilt engine it hasn't been out of the drawer in 23 years.


I've always heard the old big ratcheting wrenches called dog bones. Even seen them sold as such.
They are dog bone shaped, big loop at each end. Like a milk bone.

Never saw that rather cool tool (1) in the picture before.
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Thank's BWP I was about to go insane trying to do that!
Funny how these two tools are always linked. Since they are the most sought after old Craftsman tools!

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Old 01-09-2008, 05:23 PM   #17
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Gotcha ... I think I remember seeing one of those odd looking little rascals in my grand father's (Paw Paw) tool shed many moons ago.

Sadly, the shed was pilfered by a crack head cousin immediately after my Paw Paw's death and most everything worth a flip is now gone. I hope he enjoyed the high.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:13 PM   #18
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Default Re: Vintage Craftsman Speed Ratchet.....

Thats the damnedest thing I've seen in awhile! Thanks for all the links, kind of a perverse comfort in knowing gimmick tools are nothing new. As an aside my Craftsman speed handles have the knobs on them as shown on the old catalog pages, not the knurled handles like the new ones.
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Thats the damnedest thing I've seen in awhile! Thanks for all the links, kind of a perverse comfort in knowing gimmick tools are nothing new. As an aside my Craftsman speed handles have the knobs on them as shown on the old catalog pages, not the knurled handles like the new ones.
The dog bone was offered far too many years to meet the gimmick criteria, for years that baby was a staple item in the old catalogs; not to mention other nifty offerings that have fallen by the wayside like the chain wrench, and the set of saltus wrenches (that was sears name) open end and a socket on the other end. If you still do not know what I am talking about scroll back up the page and look at BWP's entry that shows item 2 next to the dog bone!
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